Non-degree Seeking Graduate Admissions


If you have completed a Bachelor's degree, have demonstrated academic competence in the biological or biochemical sciences, and wish to take graduate-level courses in the Department of Molecular Biosciences, you may apply as a non-degree seeking (NDS) graduate student.

Successful completion of relevant undergraduate coursework is typically necessary to succeed in graduate-level courses. In addition, courses in our department are not always open to NDS students. For questions about any pre-requisites, or your eligibility to enroll in specific courses, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Yoshiaki Azuma.

If you would like to enroll in specific graduate-level courses in our department as an NDS student, in the personal statement you submit with your application please: (a) state which course or courses you are interested in taking, and (b) describe your academic preparedness and personal motivation for taking graduate courses in the Department of Molecular Biosciences.

Please understand that completion of courses as an NDS student will not guarantee admission to graduate programs in the Department of Molecular Biosciences. Applicants with NDS status will still need to apply for admission to our graduate programs, and will be considered along with the entire applicant pool. Individuals who intend to use completed NDS coursework to strengthen their academic background for admission to graduate study can contact the Department's Director of Graduate Studies (Dr. Yoshiaki Azuma) to discuss their options.

Application Deadlines

  • Spring (January 15)
  • Summer (May 28)
  • Fall (August 19)

Application Materials

  • Proof of a bachelor's degree, via a copy of the official transcript. This transcript can be issued to the student. An official transcript sent directly from the university to Graduate Admissions will be required upon acceptance.
  • Proof of English proficiency if you are a non-native English speaker.
  • A brief personal statement (1 page maximum) describing your academic background, and your professional motivation for taking graduate-level coursework in the Department of Molecular Biosciences.

Submit an online application using the KU Graduate Application system.